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Aspiring Austin mayors test their messaging at downtown candidates forum

KVUE's Ashley Goudeau led the forum Monday night at the Austin Central Library, sponsored by an alliance of Austin Chamber groups.

The candidates, from left to right:

Phil Brual - UT student, part time Uber driver
When Austin tries "to do something efficiently, we miss the mark every single time."

Jennifer Virden - Real estate broker, former council candidate

  • Need to "restore common sense"
  • "Focus on core municipal services"
  • Our "dirty crime-ridden city needs rescuing"
"I don't think voters see systemic racism as a top of mind issue in this taxes, development and cost of living more important."

Celia Israel - Texas Representative

  • Need transportation "big and bold"
  • Need more housing and affordability
  • City suffering a workforce housing crisis

"We don't need another 10-year [land use] study....We need to make these systems work and that includes land use, transportation, and housing together."

Kirk Watson - Former Austin Mayor

  • Need consensus rather than win/lose
  • Should be managing for 20 years out
  • Optimistic but believes city at "critical point"
"We need greater density....we need to try new ways of doing things...CodeNEXT was all or nothing and we got nothing."


Airport braces for high traffic this month with ACL and F1 drawing in travelers

(AUS airport/Instagram)

With major entertainment events slated for October, the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is gearing up for a busy month.

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With deposition and trial looming, Elon Musk has offered $44B for Twitter, again

Elon Musk has proposed once again to buy Twitter for $54.20 a share.

The news that Musk is offering to carry on with the $44 billion buyout was first reported by Bloomberg. Now, a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission shows Musk made the proposal in a letter to the tech giant on Monday.

The New York Stock Exchange temporarily halted trading in Twitter stock twice Tuesday, first because of a big price move and the second time for a news event, presumably the announcement of Musk's renewed offer.

While the per share offer price on this latest proposal remains the same as the original offer, it’s unclear if Musk has made other term changes or if Twitter would reject it. According to other reports, a deal could be reached this week.

The stock closed at $52.00/share Tuesday, indicating market uncertainty around the $54.20 offer.

After Musk informed Twitter of plans to terminate the original agreement in July, Twitter sued. A trial has been expected in Delaware Chancery Court on Oct. 17.

With the proposition of a buyout on the table again, it revives the question of whether Musk might move Twitter from San Francisco to Central Texas.

He’s done so with some of his other companies. Tesla’s headquarters in southeast Travis County had its grand opening earlier this year and tunneling business The Boring Company moved to Pflugerville. At least two other Musk companies, SpaceX and Neuralink, have a Central Texas presence without being headquartered here.

Technology journalist Nilay Patel this afternoon voiced concerns that owning Twitter and Tesla together could be problematic for Musk, as his Tesla manufacturing facilities in Germany and China are both in countries that have disputes with Twitter over content moderation and censorship.

Telsa shares fell after the Twitter news became public, before rallying to close up, at $249.44.